“TAKE A SEAT” For the past fifty years, the Alexander Twilight Theatre has been the reigning entertainment venue for both Lyndon State College and the Northeast Kingdom community. During its glory years, the Theatre was considered the pinnacle between Montreal and Boston; acts headlining in New York City were routinely booked in Lyndon. The College has kept up with day-to-day maintenance on the Theatre but age has taken its toll.
The Theatre’s current technology limits which acts and performances can book the facility. The control room requires an upgrade and air conditioning: summer sees the temperature soar to nearly 100 degrees. The sound system needs updating, too. Stage access for the disabled is only through the building’s exterior.
LSC began a three phase renovation to address the needed updates in 2012, completing the first phase the same year. It involved the purchase and installation of a modern lighting console, new lighting instruments for the existing circuits, and air conditioning for the lighting booth. Phase Two includes dimmers to control the new lighting instruments and an architectural control system that allows remote access to house and practice lights. This phase, requiring a minimum of $40,000, will hopefully be completed this year.
To help defray the Phase Two costs, the LSC Alumni Council started the “Take a Seat” program. Seats are purchased with a donation of $100 to $750. Seats can be purchased by individuals, by a company, or as part of a group. Each purchased seat will have a plaque affixed with the donor’s name. The seat is “owned” for the next five years, when the seats are slated to be replaced. LSC’s Director of Alumni Relations & Development, Hannah Manley wrote, “The Alumni Council believes that the successful completion of the theatre updates will substantially improve the overall experience and the type of entertainment that can be booked in the Alexander Twilight Theatre.”
Phase three updates include new stage curtains, a “smart” system, a new projector, and air conditioning for the dimmers. The start date for the third phase has not yet been set.
For more information, or to make a donation, visit http://www.LscTheatreFund.com
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